Student-Produced WSSA-TV News Story Earns Emmy Nomination

A team of six Shady Side Academy Senior School students and recent graduates earned a 2019 Student Emmy nomination for a WSSA-TV news story they produced about SSA students' response to gun violence after the Parkland, Fla. school shooting in 2018.

Students who worked on the story and earned the nomination include current rising senior George Grune (director/editor/videographer), rising senior Elle Santora (talent), 2018 graduate Jackson Clark (videographer), rising senior Jack Naughton (writing), 2019 graduate Max Farner (videographer) and 2019 graduate Ronan O'Connor (videographer). The WSSA-TV faculty/staff advisor is Visual Media Manager James Knox.

The story was part of the April 16, 2018, episode of the WSSA-TV 10:05 News and covered the March for Our Lives in downtown Pittsburgh, which was organized by SSA students Erin and Emma Simard, as well as SSA's participation in the National School Walkout, the discourse among Senior School student groups about gun violence, and the Academy's efforts to enhance campus security. Watch the story here:

The story was nominated in the News: General Assignment - Serious News category of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Mid-Atlantic Region Student Production Awards (also known as the Student Emmys). It is one of the most competitive student award categories, and it is an honor just to be nominated – especially given that it was SSA's first-ever Emmy submission and that WSSA-TV had only been in existence for a few months when the story was produced. Only seven out of 17 submissions in the category earned nominations, and two winners were chosen from the nominees in May 2019.

The News: General Assignment – Serious News category honors outstanding reporting achievement in a presentation of timely news, information and current events, including spot news coverage, investigations and feature stories on any newsworthy subject. Entries were judged on the basis of editorial content and pictorial coverage, which demonstrates awareness of broadcast journalistic standards including accuracy and fairness.

The NATAS Student Production Awards (Student Emmys) recognize outstanding student achievements in production by conferring awards of merit in the chapter's designated award region. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence by those studying media and journalism and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news and informational achievements by high school students.

Congratulations to WSSA-TV on its first Emmy nomination!

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